While we only rent homes along Lake Michigan (at the moment), most of the homes are not Lakefronts. (See our Lakefronts Page for a definition of what constitutes a Lakefront home ). 99% of our vacation rentals are with-in a short distance to an available beach – 3/10s of a mile (1500 feet) or less. Our individual property listing on this web site list the ‘Distance to Beach ‘ in 10ths of a mile, unless stated otherwise. The house must be great for us to take it, if they are further to a beach. There are 3 basic beach types in Harbor Country: Private, Association and Public . Private beaches are usually associated with Lakefront homes, (but not all Lakefronts have private beaches), Association beaches are deeded by an area or association of homeowners – this is the most common type of beach up here, and there are numerous Public Beaches – the largest is in New Buffalo and Warren Dunes State Park. Many smaller ones exist and some are more hidden and therefore less populated. Most of all the beaches are sandy and compared to Chicago, empty!